Workshop Leader: Dianne Smith-Foster, MSW, LISW-S
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Dianne Smith-Foster, MSW, LISW-S attributes her love for Christ, "southern roots," compassion for mankind, and quality education as the foundation for shaping her professional career. Her personal motto, "Gifted to Lead, Honored to Serve" is personified in her role of Social Worker at the Dayton VA Medical Center where she has served our nation's heroes for the past 4.5 years in the Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Program. She was nominated for the national VA Social Worker of the Year award in August 2012. She is best known for being a staunch advocate and provider of outstanding social work service delivery for over 27 years.
Dianne is a 1984 BSW National Dean's List Scholar graduate of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Jackson State University, in Mississippi where she earned the honor of NASW Student of the Year. She earned her Master in Social Work (MSW) from Ohio State University - 1985. In 1986, Dianne was selected an Outstanding Young Woman of America. She continues to support social work education by providing clinical field placement supervision and training to social work interns from Cedarville University, Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati. Dianne's comprehensive work experience in the field of social work brings extensive knowledge and experience of social work practice in specialized fields such as child welfare, at-risk youth in the educational system , mental illness, pregnant/parenting teens, foster care, juvenile and adults in the legal system, geriatrics, and veterans who are dual diagnosed with complex needs.
Dianne is a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio where she serves as 1st Vice President of General Missions and President of Sisters In Christ Missionary Circle. She readily acknowledges that her greatest joy and achievement in life is being the mother of her 4 daughters: Alexia, Cassandra, India and Duchess (family dog).
This program focuses on the ethical and boundary-related issues that exist in clinical practice within our professional roles as human services providers. Participants will enhance their clinical knowledge base and skills as the workshop incorporates core focus areas found in clinical practice. This workshop also addresses teaching, modeling and practicing ethical boundaries in the supervisor/supervisee relationship.
As a result of completing this training, participants will:
- Have a clear definition of ethics and values from both a professional and a biblical perspective
- Identify specific ethical dilemmas in clinical practice through use of Case Study and focused discussion
- Understand the process for approaching ethical decision-making
- Demonstrate an ability to apply ethical tools for problem solving
- Recognize ethical pitfalls in the supervising relationship
- Be aware of professional consequences for violating ethical boundaries